1st Edition

A Director's Method for Film and Television

By Ron Richards Copyright 1992

    A Director’s Method for Film and Television (1992) presents the ‘cinematic language’ approach to directing for film and television directors. It shows how the viewer perceives the nuances of the various pictures used to tell the story, and how movement within the frame creates drama and development. It outlines the techniques necessary to maximize each and every shot and create professional results.

    Part 1. A Creative Conceptualization  1. Introduction  2. The Director’s Prime Directive  3. The Central Theme  Part 2. The Literary Language  4. Rules of a Screenplay  5. Structure of a Screenplay  6. Screenplay Formats  Part 3. The Visual Language – Understanding the Cinema Language  7. The Shot  8. Cinema Languages  9. Rules of Cinema Language  Part 4. The Visual Language – The 12 Cinema Languages  10. The Most-Used Cinema Languages  11. Contrasting Cinema Languages  12. Other Cinema Languages  13. Movement  14. Movement Cinema Language  Part 5. The Actor’s Language  15. Understanding the Actor  16. The Director Prepares for the Actor  17. The Actor’s Language  Part 6. The Production Language  18. Preparing the Checklist Form  19. The Dilemma’s Answer  20. Conclusion


    Ron Richards